Shannon McNaught

Shannon is originally from New Hampshire in the USA, the land of lots of trees and moose. A love of Japanese music inspired her to study Japanese, and after a year of study abroad during university, she decided to move to Tokyo in 2014. She’s been working, rocking out, and exploring Japan ever since. Shannon currently works as an English teacher and freelance translator. She also manages her own Visual kei news site (linked below). Despite having a wealth of knowledge about more recent music, her ultimate favorite bands tend to hail from the 90’s. Shannon will be happy if you give her tea, pizza, or a cat.

All Stories by Shannon McNaught

“Animals as Art” releases incredibly realistic, life-size polar bear figures 【Pics and Video】

Trick your friends into thinking that you own an actual polar bear, all while supporting WWF.

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McDonald’s Japan offers five days of free coffee in January

The best part? No purchase necessary!

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If this ad doesn’t make you want to visit Hikone, we don’t know what will 【Video】

Hikone Castle is celebrating its 410th anniversary in style.

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Japan’s Tower Records allows fans to obsess in style

Don’t just stuff your autographs and fan goods into a box – cover your walls with them!

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Only Japanese cooks could make canned sardines this appetizing [Pics and Recipes]

These recipe ideas from Japan show just how delicious fish from a can can be! 

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Simple heart drawing test may help you tell someone’s age

Who knew those little doodles in your notebook could reveal so much about your generation?

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The fourth best place to visit in the world is…this neighborhood in Osaka?

We all know Osaka is great, but we didn’t know it would be this great.

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Limited time Your Name anime-themed cafes to open in Tokyo and Nagoya in January! [Pics]

There’s just something about seeing your favorite anime movie scenes take the form of delicious food that makes you want to go back again and again.

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Welcome the New Year with a calendar of hunky Japanese farmers 【Pics】

If this is what Japanese farmers look like, you can stick me on a train to the nearest country town.

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Holiday screening of “Your Name” in Japan allows singing, cheering, and cosplay!

Laugh, cry, sing, and scream along with everyone at all of the plot twists and turns (even though we all know what’s going to happen)!

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Japanese man loses one sandal, another Japanese man finds one sandal

Twitter once again makes us realize that it’s a small world after all.

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Why appetizers are giving tourists and restaurant owners in Japan a headache

It may seem like a way to rip you off, but it’s actually a delicious aspect of Japanese restaurant culture.

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DIY-ers in Japan find awesome and adorable ways to recycle denim jeans 【Pics】

Just because your jeans don’t fit anymore doesn’t mean they belong in the trash!

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This cat has a super cute reaction to Japanese owner’s beckoning hands 【Video】

“Here, kitty, kitty- oh. I wasn’t expecting that.”

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This cat ear motorcycle helmet makes for a purr-fect biker accessory

Put on this helmet and you’ll be yelling, “Can’t catch me meow!”

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12 totally addictive and appetizing convenience store sweets

All you have to do is head down the street to get these delectable treats!

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Indian dance group creates amazing original cover of PPAP

This is one of the most hypnotizing covers we’ve seen yet.

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Thomas the Tank Engine in Ramune candy form is actually pretty terrifying 【Pics】

If you or your child is a Thomas fan, you might want to look away.

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Japanese mascot from Aomori absolutely kills it on the drums

Have you ever seen a mascot play drums? I bet you’d never expect one to be this awesome at it.

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Sailor Chibi Moon’s Stallion Rêve transforms into a super cute accessory case!

Use its powers to actually communicate with Pegasus! Or just put your necklaces inside…

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